Iberian Adventure: Paella, Palaces and Port

Iberian Adventure | ©Tom Palladio ImagesHere I sit, tapping my fingers anxiously on the armrest of seat 16A — like castanets accenting the beat inside a café cantante (singers cafe) — aboard TAP Airlines flight Eight-Six-Niner as I wing my way towards Lisbon, the first leg on a six-day, whirlwind Insight Vacations (Insight) journey around Portugal and Spain.

Once down on terra firma, I’ll marry up with another “band of merry media,” 25 or so fellow journalists and photographers from around the globe invited by Insight to sample a portion of its Iberian Adventure.

Iberian Adventure | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Insight itinerary guarantees a healthy dose of the sweet life along two sides of the Iberian Peninsula: a doce vida in Portugal — via Lisboa, Sintra, Azeitao, Évora and Monsaraz — and la dulce vida in Spain — via Seville and Cordoba, with additional personal stops tacked on at the end as I extend this Iberian Adventure into Granada, Toledo, Madrid and Barcelona.

Iberian Adventure | ©Tom Palladio Images

Pack a bag and join me and my intrepid “band of merry media” aboard a business-class legroom motor coach as we experience firsthand the “art of touring in style” on Insight’s Iberian Adventure, an adventure sure to be filled with “signature” moments, fine dining and restful nights in five-star hotels.

Iberian Adventure | ©Tom Palladio Images

For complete information on Insight’s premium and luxury-escorted itineraries, including the Iberian Adventure and 112 other journeys throughout Europe, just click HERE, or call toll free 1-888-680-1241, or contact your travel agent.

Catch my daily dispatches and photos from the Iberian cobble right here on TPT, Facebook and Twitter (#InsightIberia #InsightMoments).

Uh-oh, the seatbelt light just came on. We’re making our descent into Lisbon.

Look out Iberia, here I come!

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props | ©Tom Palladio Images


Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via TravelingBoy.com and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


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